This Short Story Elements unit includes plot, characterization, conflict, theme, and setting.
Notes can be completed using a PowToon video (think PowerPoint but online and more exciting) at the following link: https://www.powtoon.com/online-presentation/dZFNQMAGGvR/5-elements-of-short-story/
Practice pages can be used to identify the short story elements in any short story. I prefer to use simple fairy tales. We did one as a class ("Hansel and Gretel") and then students were asked to work in groups and read a different short story and locate the elements. This we do-you do strategy has seen great success in my classroom! Note: Short stories/fairy tales are not included, but can easily be found online for free or at a local library.
A homework worksheet is provided for additional practice, and is formatted in the same way as the quiz. This works as an excellent study guide to ensure that students recognize the material they are expected to understand.
The paid product is in the form of a Word document so that you may edit as needed for your students.
This unit took 4 days to complete (40 minute periods)
Day 1: Notes and homework
Day 2: Do together-- find short story elements in fairy tale
Day 3: Do in groups-- find short story elements in fairy tale
Day 4: Quiz
Answer key is included!
My class thoroughly enjoyed this unit, and I hope your students do as well!